Taylor University will host Appeals on Wheels on Tuesday, February 19, from 10–11:30 am in Alspaugh East and West in the Hodson Dining Commons.
Taylor students are encouraged to attend, and the general public is also welcome.
The Indiana State Government website describes Appeals on Wheels as an opportunity for Hoosiers to witness real court appeal cases and learn more about the judiciary’s role in Indiana government. Following the court case, citizens are invited to meet and interact with a panel of Court of Appeals judges and attorneys in an informal setting. The Court also provides a guide for audiences to reference called Case at a Glance, which includes a case synopsis, biographies of the judges and attorneys, and other information about courts and the law.
Appeals on Wheels typically takes place high schools, law schools, courtrooms and colleges. According to Thomas G. Jones, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts & Biblical Studies at Taylor University, Appeals on Wheels has appeared on campus on at least three previous occasions. Taylor began hosting the hearings through a friendship between Professor of Political Science Phil Loy and Presiding Third District Judge Paul D. Mathias.
Mark Spitzer, Taylor’s adjunct law professor and Grant County circuit court judge, is coordinating the hearing on Taylor’s campus with assistance from History, Global and Political Studies Program Assistant Desirae Crouch.
This year’s Appeals on Wheels at Taylor may feature some lawyers from Grant County and the surrounding areas. Local high school and junior high school students who are interested in social studies are also expected to attend.